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New Hampshire whitewater, Contoocook River

Hillsborough county, Henniker section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     2 miles
  The wonderful Hillsborough County scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The starting point is not too far from Concord, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The Henniker stretch of Contoocook
    River is 2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II(III) section. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This section is quite short so no need to bring
snacks. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Rollins State Park is a beautiful
place any time of year; you can always enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Picnickers Beach. Places like Winslow State Park are good to have a look at, and Campers Beach is rather nearby if you're in a beach type of mood. This is such a great river. Lots of people from Henniker come to Contoocook River; Pats Peak is a very popular ski area in the vicinity. Going for a hike along the Wilmot Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. The annual precipitation here at Contoocook River is about average. For the duration of the month of November you get the most rain around here, and the driest month of the year is January.

Contoocook River, Henniker road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Contoocook River.
 Whitewater Near Contoocook River:
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
Warner River, Merrimack County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 5.15 miles long (Melvin Mills to Warner)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Piscataquog River - South Branch, Hillsborough County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (New Boston to Goffstown)
Stony Brook, Hillsborough County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Route 31 to Wilton)
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 18 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
 Ski Areas Near Contoocook River:
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 2 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 9 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 19 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 43 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
 Beaches Near Contoocook River:
Campers Beach, Hillsborough , 12 miles away
Picnickers Beach, Hillsborough , 12 miles away
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 13 miles away
State Park Beach, Merrimack , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Contoocook River:
Colby Hill Inn, Henniker , 1 miles away
Henniker Motel, Henniker , 2 miles away
The Maples At Warner, Warner , 6 miles away
Maplehurst Inn, Antrim , 10 miles away
Jack Daniels Motor Inn, Peterborough , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Contoocook River:
Rock' N Birch Campground, Henniker, 3 miles away
Mile/Away Campground, Henniker, 4 miles away
Keyser Pond Campground, Henniker, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Contoocook River:
Wilmot Trail, Merrimack , 11 miles away
Old Country Road, Hillsborough , 15 miles away
Wapack Trail, Hillsborough , 16 miles away
Monadnock Sunapee Trail, Sullivan , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Contoocook River:
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 63 miles away
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 64 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
Miller State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Contoocook River:
Oak Brook Golf Course, Weare , 6 miles away
Duston Country Club Golf Course, Contoocook , 6 miles away
Angus Lea Golf Course, Hillsboro , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Contoocook River
Weare Reservoir, Hillsborough , 5 miles away
Deering Reservoir, Hillsborough , 6 miles away
Lake Massasecum, Merrimack , 7 miles away

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